Monday, July 27, 2015

On Safari With Curtis 24/25 July 2015

24 July 2015

Probably the one animal that my guests wanted to see the most was the rhino and although we had a couple of sightings yesterday afternoon they weren't much to look at.

So it's no surprise that one of today's highlights was two much nicer sightings of rhino. The first a crash of three rhino which we stumbled upon as we turned a corner and then watched as they crossed over the road in front of us.

The second a mother and calf pair who again spoiled us by crossing over the road in front of us.

Both rhino sightings were seen early in the morning and our second highlight happened right at the end of the day.

This time we stumbled upon a pack of eight wild dogs. All situated on or close to the road. At first hard to find all of them as their coats blended in so well with the burnt area they were relaxing on.

In between the two highlights we viewed hippo, vervets, baboons, steenbok, common duiker, bushbuck, Impala, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, waterbuck, warthog, giraffe, buffalo, dozens of great elephant sightings and two lion sightings.

Birds included different types of hornbill and vultures as well as cape glossy starlings , African jacanas and Go away birds.

25 July 2015

The final morning of this tour and time for one final drive.

This morning turned out to be on the quiet side but we still managed a few good sightings.

Today we saw plenty of elephants, a couple of shy rhino as well as kudu, waterbuck, zebra, warthog, hippo, vervets and two new species for this tour in the shape of klipspringer and common reedbuck.

The highlight of the morning came just after breakfast as we found a big herd of buffalo. It initially looked like they wouldn't cross the road but finally one decided it was going to which brought on the Avalanche. As we watched the main bulk of the herd cross we could hear a rustle to the right of us. No sight of any animals just the rustling and the top of the grass swaying. One of my guests compared it to the Jurassic park scene where the grass is swaying and suddenly out pops a velociraptor!!! Luckily, or unluckily, ( depending on your point of view) it was no velociraptor but a whole load more buffalo.

It took about fifteen minutes for the main convoy to cross and then another ten as we made our way through the stragglers who were crossing the road anywhere they wanted. Nevertheless a great sighting!!!

Then at numbi gate time to say goodbye to my guests. Been great having Ida and Nils on tour with us. Safe travels to Cape Town and beyond and hope to see you back again one day.

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